Seventies-era rock star Stevie Nicks is the poster girl for the perils of Klonopin addiction. In almost every interview, the former lead singer of Fleetwood Mac makes a point of mentioning the toll her abuse of the drug has taken on her life. This month, while promoting her new solo album,In Your Dreams, she.
Much in the same way, Valium became infamous as "mother's little helper," a sedative used to pacify a generation of bored and frustrated suburban housewives. But over time, a loophole in federal drug-control laws known as the “practice of medicine exception” has permitted psychiatrists and other physicians to prescribe the drugs for any perceived disorder or symptom imaginable, from panic attacks to weight control problems. When benzodiazepines first came to market in the 1950s and 1960s, they were prescribed for a range of neurological disorders such as epilepsy as well as anxiety related disorders such as insomnia.
In 2008, reports began to surface of soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder who were dying in their sleep, the victims of a psych-med cocktail of Klonopin, Paxil (an antidepressant), and Seroquel, an antipsychotic that is routinely prescribed by VA hospitals.
Klonopin is a benzodiazepine, one of a family of antianxiety medications that includes Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. But my doctor was concerned that during the previous six months, I'd refilled my Klonopin prescription early a few times, something she had to approve at each instance.
Yet amid the fear of quitting, there’s a familiar feeling: that same desire for a better life and my mother’s whisper urging me toward it. If I had known back in 2008 what I know now about benzos, I don’t think I would have filled all those prescriptions. For the most part, giving up alcohol was easy and the results were almost immediate. But whenever I lower my Klonopin dose too rapidly, my world starts to teeter out of control.
Benzodiazepine addiction is real. This physician shares his story. Say the words, “drug addiction,” and most of us think of heroin, alcohol, cocaine, or opiates. However, lurking in the shadows is a less talked about epidemic: addiction to benzodiazepines, commonly known as “benzos.”.
Saying there are lots of great alternatives doesn’t really jive with real world practice. 2) I’ve never had a patient actually pursue any of the structured non-pharmalogic treatments for insomnia, let alone be successful with any of them.
Sometimes you have to take a stand for integrity. Almost no one wanted to stay on. I told them I couldn’t ethically continue these drugs and those who didn’t want to taper off would have to find another prescriber. To me it would be like ling someone to start smoking.
A story by Rose a health professional who got addicted to benzos and ssris including codeine, zopiclone and clonazepam. Suffering horrendous withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, myoclonic jerks, irregular heart beat and blurred vision.
This seemed a bit extreme but he appeared to be a nice guy and so we trusted him. Unfortunay his predictions about Lexapro were compley wrong. He also said that one in three people should be on medication for depression. He claimed SSRIs are so good it would be like a light going on. I wasn’t very happy to start taking benzos, but the psychiatrist said I would only be on Zopiclone and Clonazepam for a few weeks at most while the SSRI had time to work.
I think I had 10 drugs in all, up to 4 at a time over a period of only a few months.
After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever The blog Benzo Withdrawal Help is a shocking account of Leigh's journey and one that resonates with many of the millions of worldwide benzo addicts. Realizing.
Lower the dose or stop the drug, and it's welcome to hell. People stay on the drug to avoid the horrors of withdrawal. These changes are what make it so difficult to stop taking the drug. One of the largest misconception is that only people with "addictive" personalities become addicted to benzos. That's not true. For many people, the drug damages the GABA receptors in the brain and body.
My heart hurts for them. I remind people that I'm not a licensed psychologist or doctor. I coach people on coping skills, and I educate them about the recovery process.